16 Dec 2015 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 DEC (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob on Wednesday commissioned Ambassador Veiccoh Nghiwete as the new High Commissioner-designate to South Africa.
Nghiwete is replacing retired former High Commissioner Marten Nenkete Kapewasha.
The Head of State urged the High Commission-designate to work towards the promotion of trade between the two countries.
I am expecting to see you bringing business delegations from South Africa to our country, he said.
In his acceptance remarks, Nghiwete said the Namibian mission in South Africa will develop the mission business plan that will contain a strategic stakeholders engagement programme, prioritizing critical sectors that would include manufacturing industry, agriculture, energy security, education, tourism and transport.
All our actions as staff members of the mission shall be to ensure that we make a meaningful contribution to the Namibian governments policy objectives on economic growth so that Your Excellencys declaration of war on poverty is fulfilled, he promised.
Nghiwete further said the Namibian High Commission under his leadership undertakes to assiduously pursue economic diplomacy in efforts to promote trade and investment opportunities in Namibia.
He said it is essential in Namibias drive to generate employment opportunities for Namibians and fight against poverty.
Nghiwete served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 15 years since 1998.
He stepped down when he turned 60 years old in 2013.
Nghiwete served as the first Namibian High Commissioner to the United Kingdoms and Northern Ireland from 1991 to 1996. He also represented Namibia at the Commonwealth Secretariat.
His wife, Hilya Nghiwete, children and other close family members accompanied him to State House to witness the commission.
The two Deputy Ministers of International Relations and Cooperations Peya Mushelenga and Maureen Hinda; South Africa High Commissioner to Namibia Mavivi Myakayaka Manzini; and Acting Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo Anastas Kaboba Kasonga Wa Kimba also attended the event.
Nghiwete is scheduled to leave for South Africa mid-January 2016.